Anime Vice News

First Date: Akikan!

My “first date” with a new series, straight from Japan-- everything you need to know to decide whether it's something you'll want to see.

Akikan!
Akikan!





Title: Akikan!

Studio: Brains Base

Genre: Shounen Romantic Comedy

Ratings (of 5)

Story: ♥♥♥

Animation: ♥♥½

Characters: ♥♥½

OP/ED Themes: ♥♥♥½


OVERALL: ♥♥♥



Thoughts:

If you've followed my First Dates before, you're already aware that it takes something pretty special to make me interested in a shounen-oriented rom-com or moe drama-- their female characters tend to be so pandering that I can't get into it. Akikan! is probably not going to be an exception.


The basic story is that Daichi Kakeru, an oblivious, perverted, virgin idiot (could he be some kind of great-grandson to Urusei Yatsura's Ataru Moroboshi?), collects rare soda cans. One day he buys a (non-rare) melon soda, all the while telling the soda machine that it's a slut (...no, seriously). He takes the soda home and opens it up to drink, but as soon as he puts his lips to it, it turns into a girl.


The girl, who he eventually names Melon, can turn back into a can with a tug on her soda-tab-shaped earring, requires that the soda itself not be drunk (although if you refill the can with the same kind of soda she'll be fine), and also requires occasional carbon dioxide infusions to keep from going flat (not in the chest, which would have been much more clever).


The show is being presented as sort of a way-over-the-top comedy, with a couple of mysterious villains-- one of whom apparently favors molesting teenage boys, ahem –and a small series of wacky side characters. All of the characters are extremely over-the-top representations of common anime archetypes: the childhood friend, Najimi, who has a crush on the lead character; the nearly-invisible (...sometimes literally) male friend Gigolo; the bad-ass female who beats up the main character, Yurika...the main character himself, of course (see above), and our heroine Melon, who is a tsundere of the Naru Narusegawa type (not a loli, likes to beat up the lead, etc).


All in all, I'd give this series a pretty overwhelming “mediocre.” The animation is decent but not great; same with the designs, the characters, the script...only the story, with its weird soda-cans-becoming-girls premise, is anything different so far. The voice acting is solid, although Sayaka Narita (as Melon) sounds an awful lot like she took Tsundere 101 with Rie Kugimiya-- which may be a draw for some. The OP and ED were pretty catchy.


Because I see a bit of potential for the over-the-top parody, and because the premise is still slightly off-beat, I may give this one another shot, but I have to admit, I'm not expecting much. That said, if you really like moe romantic comedies along the lines of Clannad or Toradora!, you may find this to be a light, fun poor man's version.

Devillyon Jan. 5, 2009 at 9:32 a.m.
I`m gonna wach it myself before judging^^
Agent_Loston Jan. 5, 2009 at 2:11 p.m.
There hope for some crazy idiot moment in there.
Devillyon Jan. 5, 2009 at 2:14 p.m.
Agent_Lost said:
"There hope for some crazy idiot moment in there."
  It was lots XD
Devillyon Jan. 7, 2009 at 11:58 a.m.
I`ve decided to watch this series mighty funny to see a perv get beat up if it aint yourself XD

Dig Deeper into Akikan!

A popular light novel series featuring a boy whose empty soda can turns into a hot chick, who requires regular carbon dioxide-- provided by being kissed --in order to live.

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums (1 Post)
Add/View Images (1 Image)
Watch Some Videos
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

Anime Vice Battle User of July 2014: Low

Congratulations to Low!

Pick Anime Vice's Most Rockin' AMV!

A tournament just in time for July 4th! Vote on who's made the most rockin' AMV!

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL #1 -- Special Review

What was revealed about this reboot from the Anime Expo screening?

BLEACH Ch. 587 Review

The war has taken an unexpectedly disappointing turn in direction.

DRAGON BALL :: Should You Watch Dub or Sub?

Episode #11. Retro review. He's bringing THAT question up again?

ONE PIECE Ch. 752 Review

Finding extraordinary solutions to unique problems appears to be the theme of the week.

ALDNOAH ZERO #1 -- Special Review

An info dump that... still smells good?

Anime Vice Battle User of July 2014: Low

Congratulations to Low!

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL #1 -- Special Review

What was revealed about this reboot from the Anime Expo screening?

Pick Anime Vice's Most Rockin' AMV!

A tournament just in time for July 4th! Vote on who's made the most rockin' AMV!

BLEACH Ch. 587 Review

The war has taken an unexpectedly disappointing turn in direction.

DRAGON BALL :: Should You Watch Dub or Sub?

Episode #11. Retro review. He's bringing THAT question up again?

ONE PIECE Ch. 752 Review

Finding extraordinary solutions to unique problems appears to be the theme of the week.

ALDNOAH ZERO #1 -- Special Review

An info dump that... still smells good?

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel